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Speaking at The Photography Show 2018

Posted in Canon Ambassador at 19:21 on 16/02/2018


I’m thrilled to announce that I have been asked to present on the subject of ‘Great Family Photos and How to Take Them’ on the Canon Stage at The Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham this March.

I am on at the following times and the talk is free (although you do require a ticket to enter the show):

Saturday 17 March 2018 10:30 - 11:20

Monday 19 March 2018 13:30 - 14:20

Tuesday 20 March 2018 15:30 - 16:20

It’s always such an honour to be asked to speak and to be sharing my knowledge and experience with my fellow professionals. The Photography Show is a brilliant event, a huge trade show filled to the brim with all the latest photography equipment – cameras, bags, tripods, you name it, it will be there. In the last five years there has also been an increasingly impressive selection of talks and seminars from leading lights in the industry both in the UK and from around the world.

The NEC in Birmingham works brilliantly as a venue and because everything is under one roof it has become the go-to event in the UK for photographers professional and amateur alike.

I’ve been there for the duration every year for a while now as I always help my husband on the stand for his incredibly helpful business software for professional photographers, Light Blue. Each year it’s so wonderful to catch up with so many friends and make so many new ones in the wider photographic community.

To be asked to talk on the Canon Stage is fantastic.

My talk – ‘Great Family Photos and How to Take Them’ – will have something for both the seasoned professional and also for the many keen amateurs who attend the show and want to take better pictures of their children. I will be packing my 45 minute slot with all the information that I can, so that my audience can go away and implement things they have learnt to improve their photography and will also be inspired to take their photography to new heights.

I hope to see many of you there, and for those of you who came to my talk at the SWPP, this will be a different talk so please do come and see me again, it will be lovely to have faces I know in the audience.

In the meantime, any questions, just pop a comment below or drop me an email.

Business Headshot Portrait Photos in North London

Posted in Headshots at 08:07 on 15/02/2018


I spent a lovely morning photographing Aubrey for his business headshots recently. An academic, Aubrey needed a professional portrait photograph he could use on his website, in journals, for speaking engagements and many other areas. Having researched thoroughly he chose me for the job and we arranged an appointment at my Crouch End studio.

I always really enjoy taking headshots, while I love the day to day fun of photographing children, it’s always fascinating to photograph adults. It’s lovely to hear what people do for a living and every day I’m amazed anew at all the different jobs there are out there – so varied and so different to the standard options offered at school careers days in the 90s.

We had a great time and Aubrey was a natural in front of the camera. My new Canon 85 1.4L lens which had arrived earlier that week was also fabulous and it’s fun as a photographer to have new kit once in a while. I’m thrilled with the pictures and here are a few favourites, I hope you like them as much as I do.

If you need a professional portrait taken, for business use or even just for your online social media profiles, then do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you and regularly have midweek availability.





A hot tub? in February? - Just One

Posted in Just One at 07:47 on 13/02/2018


A hot tub? In February? But yes, a perfect way to end a cold beach shoot.

I was so thrilled when Katie rang me towards the end of last year to discuss a big family beach shoot this February. I’ve been photographing Katie and her family since 2009 and this was to be our fifth photo shoot. Katie and her family were hiring a big beach house to celebrate her mother’s 70th birthday and thought it would be a great opportunity for a family photo shoot – and they were absolutely right, it was a brilliant day.

We started the morning with blueberry pancakes and bacon (and yes, this does earn you massive brownie points with your photographer), it was a feast to set us up for the day. Well-fed we got everyone wrapped up warm and headed to the beach near Angmering on the south coast. It was a very cold and very bright day; low winter sun was blinding at times but made for dramatic light on the beach. Finding stones to skim and climbing on the groynes we had a brilliant time exploring the local area.

From the beach, we headed back to the house which was fantastic for photography with a space for board games and even a pool table which the older children loved. It was definitely a brilliant place to stay. We had a lovely time nibbling on KitKats and playing games while everyone warmed up.

Then we finished with pictures of the children in the hot tub. When I saw it in the garden I’d asked Katie if it was even on at this time of year, I know many homes with outdoor pools don’t heat them over winter but yes, the hot tub was on and a huge hit with the kids. With steam rising and catching the light it looked almost otherworldly and the children loved relaxing in the warm. It certainly looked inviting.

It was at this point I took one of my favourite images of the day and the picture I thought I would share as my Just One. Amy, who I have photographed since she was 2 years old, relaxing in the pool. Amy is a keen, and very talented, swimmer and this picture seems to capture a bit of that. She looks so comfortable in the water, like a pre-Raphaelite mermaid. I love it and I hope you will too, today’s Just One from our recent family photo shoot on the South Coast.

Teaching a Seminar at the SWPP Convention in London 2018

Posted in Seminars at 09:37 on 08/01/2018


This Sunday, 14th January, I will be speaking at the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers Convention at the Hilton London Metropole in Edgware Road.

I’ll be talking about ‘Finding Your Style in Family Photography’ and the workshop is from 1pm to 3pm, I do hope to see some of you there.

We will be looking at how to identify and develop your own personal style and how to develop your work so you have the technical skills to match your creative vision. I will also be sharing some of the things that I wish I had known starting out and my top tips for success in the world of family photography.

The workshop is suitable for both established professional photographers and those who are just starting out in their businesses. It will be an inspirational, educational and informative seminar that will give you new tools to move your photography business on to the next level.

Feedback from my previous seminars has always been great and this one will be, without a doubt, the best one yet.

"Many thanks for all the effort you put into the seminar it was without doubt the best seminar I've been on (and I've been on quite a few). The volume of information was excellent and the day was so well structured."

"I really enjoyed your seminar and came away with lots of ideas. I was really impressed with your knowledge and skill and the amount of content you managed to get through in a day was fantastic."

"There was so much to learn and I'm dying to spend time going through it all again!"

"I had a great time yesterday and felt really motivated - thanks again for your enthusiasm and content of the course, I thought it was great."

"I really enjoyed meeting you and also got a lot from the seminar...I'll be setting myself homework!"

Tickets are available from the SWPP website and do remember that seats are on a first come first served basis so arrive in good time to make sure you have a good view.




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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Posted in Miscellaneous at 09:23 on 23/12/2017


Schools Out! I'm about to close my office door and relax for the Christmas holidays.

It's been an amazing year and I want to take a moment to thank all my wonderful clients for the brilliant fun we have had together. It's been fantastic to see old friends returning to update their family photographs and to have met so many new families who I know I will see again as the years go by. We've made some great photographs together and had such a great time in the process.

I hope you all have a brilliant Christmas and a very Happy New Year and that 2018 brings you everything you wish for.

We're closed now until 2nd January, see you all on the other side!

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